Who would have thought that in the midst of Autumn we’d still have days full of warmth with plenty of sunshine allowing our summer wear to stay out a little while longer. With the official summer season gone in the distance we tend to still make the most of the current weather even if the the change of season is more or less starting tomorrow, time to welcome the cold with open arms and say hello to a nicely setup fireplace, hot chocolate, hearty meals, plenty of books and family board games to keep us interested while the not-so-lovely weather makes its way through.
Though the cooler seasons are not exactly my personal favorites it does have some exceptional perks such as a visit to Bright Autumn Festival, some relaxation at Daylesford Hepburn Springs Bathhouse & Spa, or a weekend for some lengthy quality family time to explore / taste/ feast here at Weekend – Fit for a King . Surely these outings should keep all of us happy and content before it is time for some spring cleaning around mid to late August.
Time now to reflect and revive myself for the seasons ahead, spending it with close friends and organizing some quality family time too.
Until next time,
B L G
… and we are back to the festive season, oh how quick time can fly.
With the “silly season” awaiting us literally just around the corner and with big businesses in their starting positions to cash in big; we should maybe think about supporting our local/small businesses. Be it a milk bar, the corner store or your local cafe.
I think we need to realise that small businesses do the hard yards to stay afloat, these guys only have Us individuals who support them by buying the odd loaf of bread or coffee-to-go.
These people have Us as their “business marketers” who recommend them to our family, friends, others through social media and other means of communication.
It is up to you now to take the pledge to support these small businesses in your local area. Spread the word and we can make a world of difference! It’s a networking opportunity for Us to speak directly to the business owner to understand how they operate and how you can help.
Wishing you all a wonderful day.
#TakeThePledge #ShowSupport #SmallBusinesses #Everyday
And our trip takes Us along the way to the beautiful coast of Hervey Bay.
Being a coastal town it’s also hugely known for the Southern Humpback Whales which pass the coast through their migration to Antartica. These whales come to Hervey Bay to raise their calves, relax and play in these beautiful waters which protects them from any predator.
We were lucky to get a good deal on our whale watching tour on the M.S Amaroo – I made sure my cameras battery was charged and I brought all my photography equipment also, mind you it consisted off a few lenses, a few cables and a charger so no biggie. 📸😂
At 8:30am it was on the boat (front seats of course!) and off into the bay we went. It took around 45 minutes to get Us to where per radio to the other crews out there we soon spotted a mother and it’s calf. My goodness are these animals beautiful! They gracefully swamp past the boat and we just all watched in awe.
Our whale watching tour went until 12:30pm with Morning tea being provided on board, which gave us plenty of time to spot other pot of whales in the area which was a definite guarantee on this particular day.
It didn’t take long until we spotted a young whale calf breaching! It was the cutest thing We have ever seen.
My camera has taken the most incredible photographs which I will post to my Instagram account once I am back home as I didn’t take my phone in case I was to loose it on the boat or worse .. in the ocean.
For you all out there ever wanting to see these beautiful mammals, I really encourage you to take a trip to Hervey Bay. It is a beautiful place and I am sure you’ll enjoy your stay here as much as We have !
And we have arrived in Bundaberg, QLD where Bundaberg Rum is produced! Super exciting times ahead … Distillery Tour in the morning (I will say it now: Prost! 🍻), followed by a Seafood Platter for lunch and a Ginger Beer Tour in the afternoon.
Anyhow, I should tell you about the drive. Quite exciting for Wildlife Enthusiasts + all Wanderlusters alike. Leaving Longreach you’ll see Kangaroos, Emus and Eagles (I made my partner pull over to the side road a fair bit just to get that perfect shot👍🏻📸)
You will head inland yet again however trust you are heading towards the coast of Rockhampton. Now remembering that Rockhampton will only be a super quick pit-stop to stretch the legs and grab something to eat. It’s then back on the road to Emerald. Great place to stay is Kin Kora Village Caravan Park, just be careful which spot you pick for your unpowered tent site … my partner was eager to choose the spot this time and this is how it went down 😂😂
The spot chosen was right in the path of the plane takeoff and landing strip 👍🏻🙈
Anyhow we did some Grocery Shopping in town this morning and off we went via Agnes Waters and Seventeen Seventy to Bundaberg!
And our next stop is Longreach, still regarded as an Outback town and located in pretty much the centre of the state.
Longreach is a medium sized town with a nice Main Street and of course the well known Stockman’s Hall of Fame & Qantas Founders Museum.
We arrived at Longreach Tourist Park in our ute and ready to pitch the tent. While at the Reception we had a look through some of the tours which were offered and decided on a Package which got us into both museums and also onto a Sunset River Cruise with Liveshow.
If I could have I would have stayed in Longreach permanently! The people are so lovely and having a Stockman in his long shirt, jeans and Akubra hat stand behind me at the Post Office made my jaw drop (almost like a little kid meeting their favourite celebrity!😂). Of course there are just normal people but the way they work in remote isolated stations – through sweat, blood and tears makes you really appreciate the work they do, one tend to show a lot more respect. Their stories are inspirational + full of pride.🙏🏻
For anyone ever visiting Longreach, stay a few nights! Do the station tours, visit the museums and book yourself in for the Drovers River Sunset Cruise with Outback Aussie Tours at Smithy’s – they are absolutely wonderful and you will really have the best time enjoying a cruise on the Thomson River, a two course meal some damper and a cup of tea all while being entertained by the incredible John Hawkes!
Greetings from Us to you while I finish writing this blog post and enjoy the beautiful sunset and glass of wine on this magnificent cruise ✨🌅⛵️
If you think you have experienced the incredible landscape, road and weather conditions of the Australian Outback think again.
Our Roadtrip takes Us from Marree up North just over the South Australian – Queensland border to Birdsville.
Let me explain to you that this 520km track (i drove all the way except the big puddles where we swapped drivers 😂📸) needs a lot of preparation, physical health, knowledge on road conditions and potentially even someone who has done this trip before.
The terrain can include anything from rain and heat, water over road to flooding to sections of pure gravel & rock and even sand pits so care when driving is advised.
Once we arrived in Birdsville it was straight for the Caravan Park (you can not miss it as there is only one in town), set up of the tent and off to the pub for dinner. At the Pub it was Roast with Vegetables as the only item listed on the Menu but my goodness was it delicious plus every possible “Tom, Bob and Billy” was there so it was absolutely incredible to mingle with other travelers and locals alike.
Time for some rest now.
The next morning it was off from Port Augusta (who were still trying to get their businesses going from the Super Storm 24/48 hours prior!) into the Flinders Ranges at _____ for a few nice walks and some hiking! They have beautiful lookouts + scenery, perfect for your next capture on your camera, however for Us the weather was a bit of a challenge so we together made the decision to keep driving to Marree, S.A.
I have to be honest that I slept most of the way here but I did ask my partner a few questions about what Marree was like…
Well… Marree is an outback town with a population of round about twenty residents including Aboriginals. Marree has one pub, one railway line and one small Caravan Park. Yup and that’s it for y’all !
Outback Greetings from